Renault’s Fernando Alonso scored a surprise success in one of the most eagerly anticipated Grand Prix in Formula One history under the lights of Singapore on Sunday. And he owed much of it to team mate Nelson Piquet, whose crash on the 14th lap changed the face of the race.Williams' Nico Rosberg finished a career-best second, despite a stop-go penalty, with third going to championship leader Lewis Hamilton, whose main title rivals all failed to score...
September 29, 2008 00:08 AM
Alonso Wins In The Night
SINGAPORE, Sept 28 (Bernama) -- Fernando Alonso won the Singtel Singapore Grand Prix against all odds, but who is to deny the 27-year-old Spaniard his moment of glory under the lights.The two-time former World champion took the chequered flag in the 61-lap race which will go down into the history of Formula 1 as the first race to be held in the night under the glare of the floodlights.But for Alonso, the world champion in 2005 and 2006, it doesn't really matter as he took his Renault across the bumps and the many turns of the 5.067km street circuit to come home in a total time of 1hr: 57 mins 16.30secs with William's Nico Rosberg second and world championship leader Lewis Hamilton in a McClaren coming home third.Pre-race favourite Felippe Massa of Brazil, who was in pole position, faded away after leading for 17 laps, no thanks to a disastrous refuelling pit stop which saw him speed away with the gasoline hose still stuck to his Ferrari.By the time the damage was repaired, Massa had lost precious seconds and the lead. Worse was to come as his teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who started third on the grid, crashed into the barrier with three laps to go. And in the midst of all the mayhem which included Nelson Piquet's Renault crashing into the barrier midway in the race, Alonso took advantage of the situation to steer his Renault for his 20th victory in his career and his first in the 2008 season."I just cannot believe it (the win). It will take a few more days for the feeling to sink in and realise how we won. For now, it's an unbelievable feeling to stand tall on the podium for the first time this season."Maybe I was lucky tonight. But I was unlucky in the past two days, especially in the qualifying session. So I had my moments and others had theirs," said Alonso.For Hamilton, finishing third tonight meant his lead in the championship standing has taken a boost as he leads the table with a seven-point advantage over second-placed Massa.Hamilton is on 84 after 15 races with three more - Japan, Shanghai and Brazil - to come.-- BERNAMA
Ponder. Singapore Circuit vs Sepang F1 Circuit. How much we invested to stage F1 in Sepang? Ours really GRAND (prix)? What Singapore did -- just turn the busy street into F1 approved track. So, baguih ke tak baguih...?